The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1926
Wake, my beloved! Take the bat that clears
The sluggish liver, and dyspeptic cheers:
To-morrow? Why. to-morrow I may be
Myself with Hambledon and all its peers.
—Omar Khayyam (impr.)
The 1925-26 season will long be remembered by all the many enthusiastic players and supporters of our Cricket Club. Besides being promoted to Senior ranks, we were able to support four teams in the local competition, and finished up by filling sixth place in the Club Championship. As the Club had not had a Senior team since the war, and has never previously even attempted to support more than three teams, it seems that our many lean and struggling years have at last come to an end.
|(1)||The best fieldsman in the First Eleven: E. T. Leys.|
|(2)||The best fieldsman among the Junior teams: J. F. Duff.|
|(3)||The Club's best all-rounder: R. H. C. Mackenzie and A. M. Hollings (bracketed equal).|
It is with great regret and sorrow that we now hear of Mr. Tripe's death, and we hope sincerely that we may carry on as he always wished-as sportsmen playing for the love of the game.
Three of the above trophy winners, namely, E. T. Leys, R. H. C. Mackenzie, and A. M. Hollings, had the distinction of playing in Wellington representative teams during the season, though none were fortunate enough to be chosen for Wellington's Plunket Shield Eleven.
We managed to send a fairly representative eleven away at Christmas to play A.U.C. for the Speight's Shield, but unfortunately the match had to be left drawn. A.U.C. led on the first innings, but thanks to a magnificent innings of 94 not out by Mackenzie, we were in a winning position when stumps were drawn.
The Seniors had rather a hard season, as was to be expected. We were greatly handicapped by not having an old hand to lead us, but Mackenzie proved himself a fine skipper, and rarely failed to get us out of a corner. Our two wins were recorded against Thorndon and Kilbirnie, the two teams below us in the Championship. In spite of our inexperience, we managed to thoroughly frighten both Institute and Wellington, and were rather unfortunate in not defeating the latter. Results of Club matches are as follows: —
v. Thorndon.—V.U.C. 174 (Kent 45, Hollings 40, Greig 25), and 9 wickets for 174 declared (Leys 60, Hollings 30, Berry 25 not out); Thorndon 100 (Greig 4 for 44, Hollings 5 for 40) and 104 (Mackay 5 for 26, A. M. Wilson 3 for 3). Won by 144 runs.
v. Y.M.C.A. —V.U.C. 168 (Mackenzie 64 not out) and 0 wickets for 35. Y.M.C.A. 320 (Mackay, Greig, Wilson, and Hollings 2 wickets each). Lost by 152 runs on 1st innings.
v. Wellington. —V.U.C. 337 (Mackenzie 107, Leys 71, Hollings 36, Greig 30); Wellington 354 (Hollings 7 wickets for 121, Mackay 3 for 57). For Wellington Hiddleston played in fine style for 162. Lost by 17 runs on 1st innings.
v. Institute.—V.U.C. 135 (P. Wilson 38 not out, Mackenzie 24) and 4 wickets for 138 (Hollings 51. Leys 39); Institute 151 (A. M. Wilson 4 for 44. Mackay 3 for 17, Hollings 3 for 30) and 6 wickets for 224 declared (Mackay and Wilson 3 wickets each). Lost by 16 runs on the 1st innings.
v. Midland.—V.U.C. 172 (Hollings 53, Leys 49) and 196 (Hollings 55, Greig 52, Mackenzie 30); Midland 348 (Hollings 6 for 129, P. wilson and Leys 2 wickets each) and 3 wickets for 22 (Greig 2 for 13). For Midland J. Hutchings made 123. Lost by 7 wickets.
v. Petone.—V.U.C. 202 (Hollings 67, Leys 62) and 4 for 80 (Arndt 42 not out); Petone 6 for 348 declared (Clouston and Hollings 3 wickets each). For Petone both Finlayson and M. Nicholls passed the century and were unbeaten. Lost by 146 runs on 1st innings.page 66
v. Old Boys.—V.U.C. 101 (Greig 31, Leys 26) and 82 (McGavin 31); Old Boys 210 (Mackay 4 for 40) and 182. For Old Boys Ronaldson made 102 not out. Lost by 209 runs.
v. Kilbirnie.—V.U.C. 9 wickets for 270 declared (Leys 118, Arndt 38, Hollings 32); Kilbirnie 229 (Greig 3 for 29, Mackay 3 for 69). Won by 41 runs on 1st innings.
Averages for the Season.
|Name.||Innings||Not Out.||Runs.||Highest Score.||Average.|
|E. T. Leys||13||1||466||118||38.8|
|R. H. C. Mackenzie||13||4||320||107||35.5|
|A. M. Hollings||12||—||396||67||33|
|C. H. Arndt||7||2||130||42
|J. C. Greig||11||1||172||52||17.2|
|J. D. Mackay||90.3||7||373||24||15.5|
|A. M. Wilson||35||2||205||13||15.7|
|A. M. Hollings||177.7||25||771||31||24.8|
Feilding.—Mackenzie stumped 6 and caught 4; Hollings caught 9, Mackay and Nelson 5 each.
Our Seconds had an exceptionally fine season, and their performance in winning the Junior B Championship without a loss, and after defeating every other team in the grade, was most meritorious. Incidentally, it might he added that no small part of the eleven's success was due to the very capable leadership of C. H. Hain. Many of the games were won easily, but some, notably those against Johnsonville and Porirua, had exciting and close finishes. The matches played resulted:—
v. "Wellington College.—V.U.C. 292 (McGavin 68, Arndt 44, Clouston 74); College 97 and 7 wickets for 210 (Clouston 2 for 21, Love 2 for 12 and 3 for 37, Duff 3 for 19). Won by 195 runs on 1st innings.
v. Wellington.—V.U.C. 310 (P. Wilson 147, Hall 59) and 192 for 3 wickets (D. W. MeKenzie 48, Duff 43); Wellington 266 (Clouston 5 for 67, Viet-meyer 3 for 58). Won by 44 runs on 1st innings.
v. Johnsonville.—V.U.C. 178 (McGavin 52, Dighton 27) and 9 for 252 declared (Hain 63, Clouston 47); Johnsonville 245 (Clouston 3 for 96, Hain 3 for 2) and 96 (Hain 5 for 12, Duff 2 for 5). Won on time. No fewer than 23 sixers were hit in the match. Won by 89 runs.
v. Kilbirnie—V.U.C. 108 and 0 wickets for 36 (Arndt 40, Hain 26); Kilbirnie 78 and 50 (Kalaugher 5 for 27 and 4 for 21, Duff 2 for 13 and 5 for 28). Won by 10 wickets.
v. Midland.—V.U.C. 236 (Hall 64, Mason 75 not out) and 1 wicket for 28. Midland 167 and 89 (Hain 4 for 48 and 4 for 43, Clouston 3 for 28, Hall 3 for 18). Won by 9 wickets.
v. Institute.—V.U.C. 208 (Cormack 34, Moore 35. Love 31, Hain 30); Institute 158 and 48 (Hain 5 for 69, Duff 3 for 23 and 4 for 25, Cormack 4 for 15). Won by an innings and 2 runs.
v. Karori.—V.U.C. 140 (Mason 39) and 2 wickets for 72 (Mason 31); Karori 152 and 48 (Hain 5 for 69, Duff 4 for 27). Won by 8 wickets.
v. Porirua.—V.U.C. 180 (Evans 62, Moore 42 not out) and 7 wickets for 58; Porirua 121 and 7 wickets for 163 declared (Duff 4 for 36, Vietmeyer 4 for 13). V.U.C. saved from defeat by Mullins and Love, who in the second innings stayed together for an hour, at one stage playing no fewer than six consecutive maiden overs. Won by 59 runs on 1st innings.
v. Y.M.C.A.—V.U.C. 254 (Mullins 46, Love 33, Duff 30, Cormack 30); Y.M.C.A. 131 (Duff 4 for 34, Hain and Mason 3 for 19 each). Won by 123 runs on 1st innings. Y.M.C.A. met their Waterloo, both teams running level for the Championship prior to this match.page 67
Junior C Team.
This team did excellently to finish half-way in the Grade Championship, considering the many changes which occurred during the season. Ably led by J. D. MacFarlane, our C's had many close games and were unlucky not to win more often than they did.
Synopsis.—Played 9, won 4, lost 5.
|C. G. Frazer||10||3||218||31.1|
|J. D. McFarlane ..||16||—||236||14.7|
|F. J. E. Baillie||59||293||20||14.6|
Feilding.—Frazer stumped 3 and caught 4; pope caught 8; McIvor 4.
Junior D Team.
Our Fourth Team, although they did not win very often, gained plenty of enjoyment from the game. It was noticeable that a certain few of this team were the keenest members of the whole Club, and it is to be regretted that those in the higher teams did not follow their example with regard to consistent net and fielding practice. T. F. Mitchell had many anxious moments during the season on account of unexpected last-minute changes, but "discouraged" was a word as unknown to him as to the rest of his team.
Synopsis.—Played 9, Won 2, Lost 7.
|G. A. Peddie||9||1||99||12.4|
|W. B. Gamble||17||56||7||8|
|T. Taylor ..||53.7||265||20||13.2|
|T. R. Frazer||53.3||342||23||14.8|